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William Henry Alfred ANDERSON

Regimental number1868
Date of birth19 September 1898
Place of birthBourke, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm labourer
AddressPeak Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 7.5"
Weight116 lbs
Next of kinSister, Miss Clara Anderson, 1 Eccleston Parade, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date5 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 January 1916
Place of enlistmentDubbo, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name54th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/71/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A37 Barambah on 23 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll34th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Charles Evan and Annie Coffey ANDERSON; Wife: E. ANDERSON
Discharge date6 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 23 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 August 1916.

Taken on strength of 34th Bn, 23 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 November 1916.

Detached to Railway Construction, 7 January 1917; rejoined unit, 24 February 1917.

Detached to Concantre Camp, 29 May 1917; rejoined unit, 13 June 1917.

Detached to School, 14 August 1917; rejoined unit, 14 September 1917.

Wounded in action, 1 October 1917; admitted to No 3 Field Ambulance, 1 October 1917 (gunshot wounds, left shoulder and knee); transferred to Casualty Clearing Station, 1 October 1917; to No 11 General Hospital, 2 October 1917; to England, 12 October 1917; to Berrington War Hospital, 13 October 1917; discharged to furlough, 8 December 1917; marched into No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 23 December 1917 (Class B1A4).

Marched into Overseas Training Depot, Longbridge Deverill, 14 January 1918.

Marched into 9th Training Bn, Fovant, 2 February 1918.

Found guilty, 12 March 1918, of being absent without leave from midnight, 5 March 1918, until 1200 hours, 9 March 1918: awarded 14 days' Field Punishment No 2, and total forfeiture of 20 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 March 1918; marched into Australian Intermediate Base Depot, Le Havre, 20 March 1918.

Proceeded to unit, 21 March 1918; rejoined 34th Bn, 24 March 1918.

Wounded in action, between 3 and 5 May 1918 (2nd occasion); admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital, Rouen, 6 April 1918 (gunshot wound, left hand); transferred to England, 8 April 1918; to No 15 Canadian General Hospital, Taplow, 9 April 1918; to No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 17 April 1918; discharged, 3 May 1918, and marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, the same day.

Marched into Overseas Training Depot, Longbridge Deverill, 22 June 1918.

Found guilty, 5 July 1918, of being absent from 1315 hours parade: award, forfeits 1 days' pay.

Marched into 9th Training Bn, Fovant, 12 July 1918.

Admitted to Sutton Veny Hospital, 31 July 1918; marched into 9th Training Bn, Fovant, 2 August 1918.

Posted as absent without leave, 2 August 1918; now, 30 August 1918, declared illegal absentee.

Tried by District Court Martial, Fovant, 2 December 1918, on charge of being absent without leave from 1830 hours, 6 August 1918, until apprehended in London at 1130 hours, 20 November 1918; found guilty: awarded 6 months' detention; sentence confirmed, 8 December 1918, but 2 months remitted.

Marched into Lewes Detention Barracks, 14 December 1918.

Unexpired portion of sentence (40 days) remitted, 20 February 1919, and marched into Overseas Training Bde, Longbridge Deverill, the same day.

Commenced return to Australia from Devonport on board HT 'Soudan', 12 May 1919; disembarked Sydney, 31 June 1919; discharged Sydney (medically unfit), 6 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death14 March 1931
Age at death32
Place of burialRookwood Necropolis, Sydney, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, ANDERSON William Henry Alfred

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